T-Hub, India’s largest incubation centre, synergies startups, corporations, governments, academia and investors to drive transformative change.
In 2022, T-Hub completed seven successful years of empowering India’s innovation ecosystem. In these years, T-Hub has worked towards building one ecosystem that nurtures entrepreneurship and innovation. T-Hub has designed and delivered more than 100 innovation programs in the last seven years, enabling 2000 startups to scale nationally and globally and connecting them with various influential ecosystem stakeholders.
T-Hub’s corporate innovation programs have successfully achieved more than 50 scaling interventions, about 150 corporate interactions with startups, 60 corporate innovation programs and curated innovative startups in 50 countries. It has over 600 international and national corporates and 2000 mentor connections.
T-Hub has also enabled academia to introduce innovation and an entrepreneurial approach in curriculum and empower corporations to build a culture of innovation. Under its new leadership, T-Hub will continue to develop strategic programs to elevate innovation for outcome-driven results and support other ecosystem enablers — TSIC, T-Works, WE Hub, RICH, TASK — by sharing its knowledge and resources.
Chief Minister Sri K. Chandrashekar Rao inaugurated T-Hub’s new innovation campus T-Hub 2.0. The ten-storey T-shaped 5,82,689 sq. ft. facility is the world’s largest technology incubator, the second largest being Station F based in France.
The building is a microcosm of the innovation ecosystem, which will include startups, corporates, investors, academia, and national and international ecosystem enablers. With an effective carpet area of 3,50,000 sq. ft, T-Hub will have six floors (Ground+5 floors) operations with 1000 seats for startups. On the sixth floor, 18,000 square feet is allocated to the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and AIC T-Hub Foundation, an association formed at T-Hub, in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog. The seventh floor is assigned to the Department of Science and Technology’s (DST) Centre of Excellence to promote artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). The eighth and ninth floors are proposed for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project, along with social impact startups and young entrepreneurs (Y-Hub).
T-Hub aims to impact at least 20,000 startups through its various program interventions in the next five years. T-Hub’s large-scale incubation and acceleration activities will include both early revenue and early-scale companies. The new phase of T-Hub will have an enhanced focus on internationalisation and capacity building with new foreign partnerships with Bangladesh and Uzbekistan. The new building will have the presence of international partners from Japan, Korea, and Dubai, among others.
T-Hub will further empower the thriving startup ecosystem and support the entrepreneurs in their growth journey by providing them with access to 6Ms – Mentors, Market, Motivation, Manpower, Money, Methodologies and 2Ps – Partnership and Policy advisory.
Startup Scaling Programs
T-Hub has institutionalized innovation programs for startups and young entrepreneurs and is building a robust innovation ecosystem. T-Hub has seen a rise in the number of regional startups from 400 in 2016 to about 2,000 in 2022. Startups from various programs like Zenoti, MyGate, WhistleDrive, Outplay, DrinkPrime and AdOnMo have secured more than 2,000 Cr funding by 2022.
T-Hub’s ﬂagship program for ‘seed-accelerator stage’ startups is focused on enabling them to self-sustain and grow.
In 2021, T-Hub launched its ﬁrst-ever program on product development: RubriX. Aiming to support early-stage technology startups with ready prototypes in hardware and software, this program will enable them to reach the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) stage with reduced turnaround time and costs.
T-Hub has grown from prototyping programs to crafting institutionalized programs to support the innovation journey of over 600 corporates like Facebook, Uber, HCL, Boeing, Microsoft, and Qualcomm with over 60 corporate innovation programs.
This 90-day accelerator program enables startups to get investment-ready through engaged mentoring while enabling high-net-worth individuals (HNIs), angel investors and startup enthusiasts to explore angel investment.
Digital India Scaleup Program
The mentorship and guidance from T-Hub and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) through this acceleration program helped the startups in the hardware and IoT sector acquire more customers, receive incentive opportunities from the State Government, raise funds from investors, expand globally and launch new products successfully.
Telangana Government has set up T-Fund under its State Innovation Policy to support early-stage technology startups of Telangana with funding from the IT,E&C Department. The Telangana Government has designated T-Hub as the investment manager for this fund and allocated Rs.15 Cr in the 2021-22 budget to initiate the T-Fund operations.
Startup Seed Fund India
T-Hub was selected under the ‘Startup India Seed Fund Scheme’ by Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), GoI, to disburse Rs.5 Cr among eligible startups to support and fuel early-stage funding. The fund will provide financial help to startups for proof of concept, prototype development, product trials, market entry, and commercialisation.
T-Hub has partnered with international ecosystem enablers and governments like Redberri Earth Foundation, Digital Catapult, UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and La Trobe University. The partnership helped in knowledge transfer between various innovation ecosystems and provided business opportunities and market understanding to the international startups as well as Indian startups.
T-Hub has built a robust, constantly evolving network of service providers that startups benefit from in various ways: cost optimization, technical support, subject matter expertise, etc.
AIC T-Hub Foundation
AIC T-Hub Foundation is a partnership between Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and T-Hub to foster a culture of innovation across India by supporting promising startups working on cutting-edge solutions in the healthcare, mobility and sustainability sectors.
T-Hub and MEE School (Media & Entertainment E- School) have announced a joint program – Cinepreneur – to train professionals in the Media and Entertainment space. The ﬁrst-of-its-kind initiative in India devoted to the Media and Entertainment industry in the startup space will provide internship and incubation facilities.